Asensus agrees to manufacturing deal for next-gen Luna surgical robot

The Luna surgical robotics platform. [Image courtesy of Asensus Surgical]Asensus Surgical (NYSE:ASXC) announced that it entered into an agreement with Flex for surgical robot manufacturing services.

Specifically, the company struck a deal with Flex for design and advanced manufacturing services for its Luna next-generation robot.

Research Triangle Park, North Carolina-based Asensus unveiled the Luna platform in February. It designed Luna as an integrated digital surgery solution. The system features a next-generation surgical platform and instruments, plus real-time intraoperative clinical intelligence.

Its final component, a secure cloud platform, applies machine learning to deliver clinical insights. Altogether, the Luna platform enables Asensus’ vision of performance-guided surgery. Asensus said in August that it has its sights set on FDA clearance for Luna in 2025.

Under the agreement, Flex will provide a range of services across Luna’s pro…

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Flex names two new unit presidents

Flex (NSDQ:FLEX) announced earlier this month that it made new appointments to the role of president for two of its business units.

San Jose, California-based Flex confirmed earlier this month that Randy Clark was appointed president of the company’s health solutions business unit, while Rob Campbell was named as president of the company’s consumer devices business unit.

Clark and Campbell will lead the overall vision, strategy, business planning, development and execution of their respective businesses, according to a news release.

With more than 20 years of experience in the medical industry, Clark joins Flex with the responsibility of managing the company’s growing portfolio of medical products and services spanning devices, equipment, drug delivery and more.

He joins Flex from Olympus Corporation of the Americas, having most recently served on the board of directors and executive committee and as the company’s president…

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How to speed through the 60601 drop test with finite element analysis

Figure 1: From 3D CAD model (left) to FEA meshed model [Image courtesy of Flex]

Finite element analysis can help design a robust mechanical architecture to pass one of the toughest tests in medical device design.

Giorgio Sardo, Flex

Time to market is a key factor for new medical product success. Designers now use modeling and simulation to pass one of the most severe tests: 60601-1, an international standard applicable to all medical electrical equipment and systems. By skipping costly trial-and-error iterations, they can quickly define the parameters for a robust mechanical architecture. Drop simulation can predict the test result and also support a failure analysis investigation.

If you’ve ever dropped your phone, your immediate concern is if it still works. Medical device users don’t experience the same anxiety if they drop their device because medical electrical equipment must meet a set of…

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Women in Medtech 2021: Jennifer Samproni, Flex CTO and Head of Global Design and Engineering for the Health Solutions division

Jennifer Samproni, Flex CTO and Head of Global Design and Engineering for the Health Solutions division [Photo courtesy of Flex]

Jennifer Samproni is the Chief Technology Officer and Head of Global Design and Engineering for the Health Solutions division at Flex, a $24B diversified manufacturing company with 160,000 employees across 30 countries.

Flex makes a diverse set of products that touch our everyday lives – from medical devices to coffee machines to cloud solutions and autonomous driving systems for electric cars. As a key member of the executive leadership team, Samproni oversees the $2.4B business unit through industry leading R&D solution delivery and strategic innovation. Prior to Flex, she was the Vice President and Head of Critical Care R&D for the Point of Care Division at Siemens Healthineers.

Samproni has more than 25 years of industry experience in medical device product developm…

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Westfall Technik names Mark Gomulka as CEO

Westfall Technik’s board of directors has promoted Mark Gomulka to CEO.

Gomulka joined the Las Vegas-based plastics manufacturer as SVP in January 2020. Before that, he led Flex’s medical and precision plastics operations for five years and earlier spent 15 years at Nypro in various global operational and leadership roles.

In those roles before joining Westfall, Gomulka worked closely with Westfall founder Brian Jones.

“I trust Mark to lead Westfall as CEO,” Jones said in a news release. “I’ve seen executives grow up in the plastics industry for a long time, and Mark knows better than anyone how to execute the integrated vision for Westfall. We’ve worked together closely for many years, and Mark has done a masterful job maturing the Westfall organization.”

The Westfall leadership team has launched or acquired 18 companies since October 2017, when New York-based private equity firms Lee Equity Partners and BlackBern Partners sponsored the Westfall …

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